Gerbeer (3158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
650 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours brown with medium head. Aromas of nuts, grass. roasted malt, and a touch of toffee. Not much of a nose for a barley wine. Flavors of burnt sugar, unsalted peanuts, and alcohol. Very bitter mid to finish.
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Ugh. This beer was so disappointing, I donít even want to put the energy into my usual rating routine of appearance, aroma, etc. It was basically a mouthfull of hot caramel with dirty/earthy.gritty intrusive elements. And it was THIN to boot! How does a 10% beer come across as thin?! This one did. Finish is hot with intrusive alcohol. What the fuck is happening to Phillips and their big bottles? I guess on the positive side, this beer was appropriately named.
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle purchased in December 2011 in Calgary, AB. Colour: Medium-dark brown with medium white head. Nose: Malt displays lovely chocolate syrup notes. Hops are muted but slightly citrusy. Some salt water traces and distant clove. Taste: Medium sweet, medium-light bitter, medium sour. Not powerful but encompassing caramel. Malty middle and then a bitter/sour swashbuckle on the finish, with a slight trace of skunk. Alcohol is hidden well.
patricks110 (2428) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby red pour with a two finger thick foamy white head atop. Nose is rather bland with a bit of a biscuity malt and some hops?? A few caramel and toffee aromas and nutty malts with some alcohol warmth. The taste is pretty boring actually. Muted malts and a mild hop with no resin. Some fruits and toffee notes. The finish has a bit of alcohol, but not much for 10%. Overall, a weird barley wine.
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another solid release like every year from Phillipsís barley wines. Delivers on all accounts, without overwhelming you with a boozy bomb. Mild hoppiness and malty balance. Every year, never lets me down.
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - JAN 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appropriate name for this.... thing. Looks to be deep amber, ultra clear with a small bubbly head that lives as a skim forever. Itís 3:30am and I think technically Iíve been asleep for 4 hours... had to take the contacts out 2 times to clean them so I wasnít seeing a fog. And now.. Iron Maiden 1985 Rock in Rio full concert..... never gonna sleep tonight! Smelly things in my nose holes: toffee, sweet caramel, some earthy woody stuff, mild cooked veggies.. or maybe just the water they were boiled in - this is a big malt mash up. Not a big fan but I will say itís nice not having buckets of random hops in for once. Sensitive nobules on mouth steak report the following: well, reports are spotty at best but this much is told - lots of sweet malts.. maybe too sweet, citrus stuff and the same thing Iíve noticed in every Phillips brew Iíve had that has been shipped to Alberta in the past while - something that either tastes powdery or feels gritty... I donít like it. Itís a fucking mystery. Caramelly earth things, pine bits, other stuff and what not... pretty straight forward. I started off not really minding this beer but thinking itís sub par. I donít think that anymore really as me and this beer have hit it off and we are going to see a chick flick tomorrow. If all goes well and I get the label wet enough maybe Iíll get it off.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dull ruby brown with a thick (for a B-wine)skiff floating on top. Aroma isnít not pleasant (DOUBLE NEGATIVES RULE!!!!) Seems dull!!! Some hazel nut, some sweetness but its limited, malts are muted. WOW this aroma is not sucking me in to want this beer. Taste is malty but thin. Hints of a great beer but all hidden in a dull fog of nothingness. Some spice, hidden plum, dull hop bite. Zero trace of the 10% this beer could get me in trouble. What a truly underwhelming beer with not one bad thing about it.
gramity (1625) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured dark brown with a beige head that receded quickly. The aroma was of caramel, toffee, and bread. Not too powerful. The taste was sweet caramel malt with some dark fruits and doughy bread. There was plenty of toffee. It was a little warming but did not seem to be 10% judging just on taste and mouthfeel. As a newbie to Barley Wines this seemed to be a good introduction.
presario (4903) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trainwreck? Thatís what I thought last night when I pulled it out of the fridge so I put it back for a Friday night. Bottle. Dark copper but clean and thin enough that you can see through. Very thin head. Light woody hop nose with light alcohol not considering the ABV. Much thicker malt flavour is surprising and very pleasant. Light malty toffee up front turns quickly to dark coffee-chocolate toffee flavour. A hint of candy and fruit in the finish. A very light 10%,. Malty and delicate at the same time. Very nice. Kind of a Double ESB if not a really complex BW.
pintbypint (3328) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml brown bottle. 2011 vintage. Deep amber colour, thick and creamy cap that is off white in colour. Lots of clinging lace. Nose has a bright sweet citrus element featuring peels of orange and lemon, slight perfumey. Flavour has toffee malt, light nuttiness, suggestion of earth, finishes with a leafy hearbal tone. Relaxed bitterness. Smooth drinker, the 10% alcohol is integrated well, this never feels like a boozy or heavy brew, although it is full bodied. Carbonation is pretty soft and even. Overall I enjoyed this brew, itís not as bold as some of itís American counterparts, bitterness level was a little underwhelming, but considering itís price point ($7.99 cnd) this is a beer that is more than welcome in my fridge. Canít see this aging particularly well, but I like my barlewyines young anyway.